Joachim Low has expanded on his recent visit to Arsenal and the fact that he was unable to touch base with Mesut Ozil.
The 29 year made it clear this summer in a statement that he no longer wished to play for his country, citing racism within the DFB, and while the Germany manager accepts that the Arsenal man doesn’t want to speak to him, he says he expected the news of his international retirement to be delivered personally.
Speaking to reporters at a UEFA meeting yesterday, he said, “We were there three to four hours and it goes without saying that I would have liked the opportunity to speak to Mesut.
“I wanted that with all my heart, but he wasn’t there. All the German players were there, we chatted and ate together, but Mesut wasn’t there and we have to accept for the time being that he doesn’t want to speak to us.
“I don’t know why he doesn’t,” he continued. “Its logical that I would have loved and hoped a player who has played under me for so long would have returned to the national team, but also that would call me personally, even for one minute because up until now this has happened for every player who has decided not to play for the national team anymore, they have always told me personally.”
“I expected that from him.”
He also shot down rumours that he’d simply turned up at London Colney and been turned away by Unai Emery – something the
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“We didn’t show up at Arsenal uninvited,” he said. “It goes without saying that as the manager of Germany I will always inform clubs that I would like to visit beforehand.
“We did this ahead of time with Arsenal. We therefore arrived around 11am on Monday and stayed for three, three and half hours.
“They all knew that we were coming.”